Seminole County, FL- Nearly four thousand people were killed in collisions involving large commercial trucks in 2015, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. In many cases, those deaths represent passenger vehicle motorists, but truck drivers are also at risk of being killed or injured in trucking accidents. That is a sad reality underscored by recent Seminole County truck wreck involving a Sun Rail passenger train.
Truck Driver Killed in Crash with Passenger Train in Florida
A truck driver was killed in a Central Florida crash last week after his truck was hit by a passenger train as he was attempting to back his tractor-trailer up to a loading dock.
The accident took place Thursday, November 30, 2017, in Seminole County just before noon. The Orlando Sentinel reports that truck was partially parked on railroad tracks as the driver attempted to back up to the loading dock of a business located at Ronald Reagan Boulevard and Plumosa Avenue.
While attempting the back-up, the rail crossing arms came down on the truck as a Sun Rail passenger train approached. The truck driver was attempting to maneuver his vehicle out of the train’s path, but he couldn’t. At that point, he tried to get out of the truck but did not make it time. He was hit by the train and pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
No one on the Sun Rail train was injured.
Commercial Trucking Accidents are Costly
Sadly, many lives are lost, and thousands of people are killed in accidents involving large trucks including tractor-trailers and tankers. Those injuries and deaths have a high cost for the individuals and society.
In a 2005 study, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration discovered that cost of bus and trucking accidents cost approximately $87 billion annually. The individual costs of those accidents include:
$91,000 is average for all trucking accidents
$200,000 for truck crashes involving injury, and
$3.6 million for fatal accidents.
What are a Truck Accident Victims Rights in Florida?
Whether you are a truck driver or a passenger vehicle motorist, you have rights if you are injured in a commercial trucking accident. If your accident resulted from a truck driver’s or a transport company’s negligence, you are entitled to compensation for your medical expenses and other economic losses you experienced along with additional compensation for your emotional distress. Let USAttorneys.com connect you with a truck accident attorney in Seminole County, Florida if you would like to speak to someone about filing a personal injury or wrongful death claim.
Truck accident claims can get tricky. Without a legal expert on their side, an injured party may get a smaller settlement than they deserve. No attorney can guarantee the outcome of your case, but they can vow to give your claim the personalized attention necessary to recover maximum compensation. Call and arrange a free initial consultation today.